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Former OZZY Drummer Deen Castronovo Jailed on Rape Charge

Not looking good for the drummer…

Not looking good for the drummer…

You might be most familiar with Deen Castronovo as the current drummer of Journey (for our younger readers, they're the band that perform "Don't Stop Believin'".) But Deen has quite a metal pedigree as well, having drummed on Ozzy's Osmosis, Steve Vai's Alien Love Secrets and Fire Garden, and he even contributed to the new Fear Factory album, Genexus.

But that's not why Castronovo is in the news today. Castronovo is in the news because he's been accused of rape. NBC reports:

Deen Castronovo, 50, faces new charges of rape and other crimes after a grand jury returned the indictment Monday. He was arrested June 14 in Salem, Oregon, on misdemeanor assault and menacing, then released on bail and ordered to stay away from the female victim.

Castronovo disobeyed by having contact with the woman this past weekend and Monday, leading to three charges of contempt of court, according to the indictment.

The indictment states Castronovo had sexual intercourse with the victim "by forcible compulsion" between June 8 and June 14. He faces felony charges of assault, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon, which was a knife he carried on June 13, prosecutors say.

While he denies the charges, he's currently being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon, according to TMZ. Journey has sinced booted him from the band.

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